Hey Boss, People Aren’t Machines

"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou Some executives see their organization as a machine with people as gears. They implement rigid processes to establish control and are disappointed when people ... Read & React

Three Trends That Will Revolutionize Federal IT

by Alan Pentz Partner, Corner Alliance

We’ve all heard about federal technology project disasters. Many of these disasters are caused by ill-defined and constantly changing requirements, a lack of a solid understanding of who the customer is, a contracting culture that at times incentivizes performers to bill hours rather than create a ... Read & React

There’s a Selfish Reason To Be Nice to Others

Almost everyone wants to be happy, but surprisingly few people know exactly how to make themselves so. A growing body of research has identified one reliable path to greater personal happiness: engaging in a rewarding activity—particularly one that involves doing something nice for someone else. ... Read & React

The Company That Wants Your To-Do List to Be Fun

6Wunderkinder is built on the philosophy of GTD: Getting Things Done. The company is founded on the belief that we need to free our minds of all distractions, no matter how minor. The philosophy, originally made popular by productivity guru David Allen, attracted a cult following and influenced the ... Read & React

What Leaders Can Admire in LeBron James’ Letter to Cleveland

LeBron James attempts a dunk in 2009 against the Spurs in his original run with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Longtime readers of this blog may have noticed that I don’t write as often as I used to about leaders in the news. There are different reasons for that. One of the biggest is the great examples seem fewer and farther between. Another is that I’m skeptical about being spun. You may have heard about ... Read & React

How to Build a Strong Ethical Culture at Your Agency

Government leaders have to manage the tension between price, quality, speed and ethics. An affordable contractor may be reliably fast, but to finish quickly may cut safety corners, leading to injuries or deaths. The lowest bidder may have the best price now but could run into problems that end up ... Read & React

How LinkedIn Taught Itself to Hire the Best People

Back in 2009, few engineers wanted to work for LinkedIn. It was a relative minnow as big Silicon Valley firms go, and not a particularly sexy one either. Compared to the glamorous lifestyle on offer at Google (free food! 20% time!) or Facebook (moving fast! breaking things!), LinkedIn seemed staid. ... Read & React

5 Tips for Hiring the Next Generation of Feds

You’ve likely seen articles and anecdotes about the upcoming retirement wave, in which a large portion of federal employees will retire in the next several years, possibly creating significant leadership and staffing gaps. While there is considerable debate about when and at what velocity the wave ... Read & React

Scheduling Business Calls Days in Advance Should Be Banned

The all-to familiar business ritual of setting up a phone call, where it takes a day-long series of emails and calendar checks to even agree in a time, is the worst type of procrastination: the kind that makes you feel as if you’ve done something productive. Scheduled business calls should be ... Read & React

3 Executive Productivity Hacks That Any Leader Can Use

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of the things I love about my work is getting to meet and learn from some very talented top executives. That happened again recently when a senior vice president in a Fortune 500 client company stopped by for a lunch conversation with participants in our Next Level Leadership® development ... Read & React